Getting healthy for me and baby!
What a year it has been! Having this girl, watching her grow and develop into such a happy and beautiful baby! Our hearts are so happy and full that she has changed our lives 100%! My appetite while I was pregnant and now that I have been breastfeeding is that of a baby hippo and I love it! My intense hunger has amplified with working out and breastfeeding and WOOOOH is it something fierce! I love to tear it up but I stay conscious that everything I put into my body obviously being passed to Luna. I have changed my eating habits and lifestyle completely since becoming pregnant and throughout breastfeeding and am much healthier and happier!
STRAIGHT BREASTFEEDING FACTS!
I knew before I was pregnant that I would want to breastfeed my children BUT it wasn’t until I was actually pregnant that I began to hear things like ‘barbed wire ripping through your nipples’ and then I was concerned. Yes, there is a brief week of pain! A terrible pain but your baby and you will benefit immensely from choosing to breastfeed! No one tells you about how much it hurts, that you want to cry, or the countless nights you spent awake with the baby for feedings. None of that compares to benefits your baby will be receiving by you choosing to breastfeed. The first few days are tough because you have to get through the colostrum stage of feeding and waiting for the milk to come in. What seems like forever and a day is only a few days before the milk comes in and you can begin to establish a feeding schedule that works for the both of you. Breast milk definitely is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illnesses! Also along releasing the hormone oxytocin with helping your uterus shrink after labor, reduces post uterine bleeding and burns extra calories to get down to pre-baby weight quicker! Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer and can lower your risk of osteoporosis. The benefits outweigh the one week of pain by a long shot!
Don’t give into mom-pressure.
THESE LADIES ARE SAVAGE AF OUT HERE. I can’t post anything on here without receiving opinions from what I can only assume are some pretty unhappy ladies. Not always getting positive feedback is hard but it builds a thicker skin. At first, I was afraid to be myself because of the negative comments then I realized this my life, my baby, and my business! SO I don’t care what “KAREN” says about breastfeeding and have been happier and more genuine with my audience since. Don’t be afraid to parent your way, it isn’t wrong! Just different.
Do YOU Boo Boo!
I obviously understand that some babies don’t latch and that some mothers are unable to breastfeed and that is so sad for them. Sometimes they simply don’t want to and I’m not saying that breastfeeding is the only way to go but I completely sympathize with those who can’t. My personal decision to breastfeed my daughter for one year and continue to breastfeed her is mine and my own. I’m so happy that we have been able to move forward with our journey for as long as we have. There is so much pressure out there to only breastfeed, not co-sleep, or have too much screen time and blah blah blah!! I have tried really hard through all my experiences of becoming a mother to not compare myself or Luna to other mothers and babies. Our experience is our own and unique to us! So comparing development or weight or whatever is simply ridiculous because everybody’s BODY is different!
Weaning off and transitioning to a different milk supply.
We are so blessed to have been able to breastfeed for so long. Our success in this is owed to various factors. I am a crazy, hovering, and paranoic mom! lol So I don’t spend long amounts of time apart from her to where it would affect my milk supply. I drink about 100 ounces of water a day, eat lots of foods that promote milk supply (listed below), and I am patient with Luna’s needs. We are quickly approaching the stage where specialists continue to suggest to transition to whole milk. They say that whole milk has healthy fats and necessary nutrients for brain development but it also contains hormones and the countless atrocities that we aren’t aware that is happening to these animals. I do not plan on Luna eating dairy or meat but she does eat eggs. I have not made the decision whether we will go down the almond or pea milk route. As soon as I educate myself further I can make a definite decision. When she was born I set up a goal and plan to breastfeed until she is 18 months and am so happy that we have stayed on track!
Products I wanted vs needed.
Lol!!! LOL Simply at the baby product industry! New crap comes out every week that you MUST HAVE. I literally used 1/4 of all the CRAP I got. I’m so mad at myself that when people told me that the first baby you buy everything you don’t need! I DIDN’T LISTEN! I’m going to share links and products for the things I used and loved! (But these are all my personal opinions and experiences.)
- Tommee Tippee 0-3
- Dr. Browns 6 -12
-Breast Pump Hands Free Bra
-Nursing Cover IS A MUST! People tend to stare when your body starts doing what you are biologically meant to do in public.
( That I didn’t use! )
Boon Bottle Warmer
Boon Drying Rack
Foods That Promote Breastmilk Supply
- Fennel seeds
- Brown rice
- Cumin seeds
- Poppy seeds
- Boobie Cookies and Smoothies
All of these thoughts and opinions are mine and are not endorsed by any of these products. (besides TwistShake which we are brand ambassadors for.) These are products I actually use and enjoy.